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Think my 1/2 ton could handle a 14' enclosed

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Eric 1, Sep 7, 2004.

  1. Eric 1

    Eric 1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,220

    Hey all.

    I thought i had finally decided to get another open trailer, then today i looked at a 14' V nose dual axle with brakes side door and ramp gate. It was pretty nice. I like the idea of the V nose, cuts down on the wind resistance and gives a little more floor space.

    I have a 92 Chevy 1500 4x4 5.7 5spd it has helpers and handles a 16ft open with a small car just fine.

    I figure this enclosed with my stuff in it will weigh in at about 4000#

    So the question is, do you think the truck could handle it till next summer when i can afford to get a 3/4 ton?

    The only time i get over 45mph is when i go out of town to do my Friday rural customers, then i go about 55mph. We live about 15 min from were i start my rout. (we are not right in town.)

    ahh decisions decision's.........
  2. grassrootsinab

    grassrootsinab LawnSite Member
    from up here
    Posts: 215

    I have a '93 ext. cab with a 305 in it. I pull a 12' enclosed flat front and I can really notice the pull when I get on the highway. Since all my properties are in town and the limit is 30 km/h (what about 15 mph)(YES THAT IS RIGHT STUPID BYLAW) I don't really need anything more. If you're just using for a short time you'll probably be ok.
  3. MudslinginFX4

    MudslinginFX4 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,170

    Eric, you shouldn't have a problem pulling it with a 1/2 ton. While it would be better to use a bigger truck, you will still be able to get where you are going and still be able to make money. I pull my open landscaping trailers all day long with my 1/2 ton, but I also pull a concession trailer about 10-15 times a year (about 8000 miles) and it weighs right in at 9000# loaded, now thats a load! Sure, I'd like to have a bigger truck but my 1/2 does pull it.
  4. seven-up

    seven-up LawnSite Member
    from la
    Posts: 108

    I pull a 14 ft enclosed pace cargo sport with a 98 chevy 1500. have done this about 3 years now. Can get high way speeds (60-65 mph) with no problem. however, it does eat up the gas, get < 10 mpg when pulling trailer. normal is about 18.

  5. kc2006

    kc2006 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,442

    the main thing is the trailer brakes, and i'd say your good since it has it.

    A 350 with a manual trans is going to pull that easy. my friend has a 94 1/2 ton with a 350 and auto trans and it pulls a 5000lb trailer on the freeway at 70 with no problem and the truck has a 2" drop on it but it has air shocks in the back. It does move around alittle at the high speeds but we did fine on a 2 hour trip.
  6. Eric 1

    Eric 1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,220

    Grassroots, The wind drag was my big concern, thats what i like about this one, the front comes to a point, like a V, should realy cut down the drag.

    Sevenup ,yours has a Vortec, thats about 50hp 40ftlbs more torque than my trottle bodie has.Not much but will make a differance.

    ECM, 9000# trailer on a f150, WOW! I pulled a bobcat at 8000# with this 1500, that was a job for it I hope you are not going far.
  7. Eric 1

    Eric 1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,220

    I was thinkin, dose your enclosed smell bad, i mean in the summer with the extreem heat and grass does it start to stink.
  8. qualitylandscaping

    qualitylandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,581

    I think you should be ok, just make sure you have electric brakes and decent towing mirrors so you can see behind the trailer..

    In one day of use on the 24' grass doesn't smell bad, i love the smell of it and barely notice it this time of the year anyway.. I ran over some puppy poo, that smelled pretty bad and exhaust fumes aren't great either.. Have two roof vent's on the 24', thinking of adding a few windows or more vents..
  9. Jacob's Yardworks LLC

    Jacob's Yardworks LLC LawnSite Member
    Posts: 113

    I pull a 20ft enclosed trailer with my 1/2 ton V6 on occasion and it does just fine.
  10. Ramairfreak98ss

    Ramairfreak98ss LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,210

    If your trucks running good you should have no problem, im going to pull a 20 or 24ft enclosed with a 5.0L v8 91 f150 ford lol, yeah wont pull great power wise but should be fine locally. Ive pulled a 20ft total lenght open trailer with my car on it plenty of times even through the PA mountians from NJ to Ohio areas, total weight around 6k for the load.

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